An LGBTQ Journalist to Watch: Glen Greenwald
By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly
If you read my posts regularly and click on the articles I link to you might realize that Iâ€™m a big fan of progressive media. One of my favorite voices in progressive media is Glen Greenwald, who happens to be openly gay, and also happens to have started a new progressive news site. Maybe youâ€™re not a fan of progressive news. Pity. Greenwald is best know for his work at The Guardian, but before working for The Guardian, Greenwald wrote for Salon for five years. His writing aspired to find the truth behind the official narratives of the political parties, which earned him praise from liberals during the Bush years, and then scorn from liberals during Obamaâ€™s presidency. In 2010 Greenwald wrote an investigative report on the inhumane detention of Chelsea Manning and won an Online Journalism Award for the piece. After moving to The Guardian, Greenwald scooped the NSA spying scandal with documents leaked from Edward Snowden. This caught him the ire of many US politicians and media pundits, who questioned whether Greenwald was culpable for the leaks and they questioned his credibility as a journalist. Last time I checked, a â€˜journalistâ€™ was someone who researched and reported on facts and not someone who regurgitated information feed to them from the government or reported opinions. Last time I checked, the NSA spying on everyone was a fact. In the fallout from his work at The Guardian his partner, David Miranda, was detained for nine hours at Heathrow airport on a flight back to Brazil and questioned under the Terrorism Act on suspicion that he might have sensitive materials. Greenwald responded publically: â€œThis is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process. To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere.â€ Thatâ€™s what I like most about Greenwald; he has his eyes on how the government tries to control what information is available to the public, which is essential to all people. Shortly after this Greenwald left The Guardian to work as an editor on The Intercept, a new media venture funded by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Along side Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept focuses largely on reporting information obtained from Edward Snowden but other issues as well. Why not take a moment to read their latest article about how the NSA poses as Facebook server to infect computers with malware and download files from users hard drives? And donâ€™t forget to â€˜likeâ€™ PQ on Facebook.